Biathletes to compete for state titles
WHISKEY Flat will come alive as competitors and spectators descend for the upcoming Victorian Biathlon Championships this month.
With a terrific snow cover, this year’s championship looks set to go ahead and Australian Biathlon Association (ABA) race secretary, Phillip Colebourn said there will be special guests at this year’s event.
“This year we have two VIP’s attending, including senior International Biathlon Union (IBU) Ubaldo Prucker and the Victorian Minister for Sport Damien Drum, which is a big deal for us,” he said.
Biathlon is a winter sport combining two opposing disciplines of cross country skiing and precision target shooting.
The two-day championships will be held on July 19 and 20 at Whiskey Flat and Mr Colebourn said although the race is generally for members, people interested in trying out the sport could participate during the championships.
“We can accommodate people interesting in trying biathlon in our sports class event which uses laser rifles,” he said.
“Anyone interested can contact me and I will send them online race entry details.
“Race fees are $25 for anyone 15 years or younger and $35 for all other age classes, which includes the use of laser rifles.”
Mr Colebourn said facilities at Whiskey Flat are limited and people are encouraged to dress for conditions and bring their own lunch.
Competitors will line up on Saturday for the Sprint event and Sunday for the Mass Start event and Mr Colebourn said spectators are most welcome.
“Races will start at approximately 10am on both days and is generally concluded by noon,” he said.
“People generally train on Saturday afternoon before Sunday’s race – they’re fantastic events to watch, being a spectator is completely free.
Anyone wanting to know more about Biathlon can contact Phillip Colebourn at abaracesecretary@ gmail.com.